Wah Lok at the Carlton Hotel Singapore is one of the most underrated restaurants in Singapore. Located on the second level of the hotel, Wah Lok serves up delicious Cantonese fare that had stood the test of time over the years. There is also a really decent room package over the Lunar New Year (2017) period here at the Carlton Hotel Singapore which starts from just S$188++ a night.
Keeping to traditions here in Singapore, we began the Lunar New Year lunch tasting with an Alaskan Crab "Lo Hei". While I have never had an issues with using raw salmon, Wah Lok here at Carlton Hotel Singapore serves it with Alaskan Crab or Hamachi (in a "Soon Tak" style).
Wah Lok is also one of the more traditional restaurants in Singapore that still serves Shark's Fin which is usually regarded as a luxury item in Chinese culture - more and more restaurants in Singapore and around the world have stopped serving this though. In case you are interested, the restaurant is actually serving a Braised Shark's Fin with Shredded Dried Scallops & Golden Mushroom in Red Carrot Soup.
Ordering the Bo Lo Bao at Wah Lok is also customary - these light fluffy buns are filled with delicious cha siew on the inside. In fact, these bo lo baos are so famous that it is actually not uncommon to see them selling-out mid-day so make sure you order in advance (or get in the restaurant early!).
The Baked Tiger Prawns with Garlic at Wah Lok is topped with copious amounts of chopped garlic is that immensely flavourful and fragrant.
The Longevity Poon Choi from Wah Lok at Carlton Hotel Singapore is definitely one of the tastiest ones that I have had in Singapore. It does not try to be radically different and it does not feel the need to rapidly reinvent itself for the sake of standing out. This perennial favourite is an elaborate three-layer dish that consists of premium ingredients like whole abalone, sea cucumber, scallops and dried oysters with superior stock in a casserole pot.
I don't think we made it to the third layer but the first layer is where all the expensive ingredients are. While it does not look like a lot of food, the treasure pot is incredibly filling (in a great way) and I am actually one of the rare few who actually look forward to eating it each year.
The Carlton Hotel Singapore is running a number of Chinese New Year promotion for 2017 that extend beyond Wah Lok and if you are looking for a Lunar New Year staycation, this is one of the lowest prices I have ever seen for this property around this time of the year.
This was an invited Media Tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.